Middle East

Below the jump, is a post I first wrote for the Bloggernacle Times on 09/23/06.  We were several years into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the natural abuses of war were being made manifest.  Here we are almost five years later and the United States still maintains troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, for reasons that frankly escape me (particularly in light of the extreme heat–but very little light–generated by the far right about deficits, balanced budgets, and the like).  Regardless, I think the message behind Christ’s injunction, i.e., The Golden Rule, is as relevant and important today as they ever were–even in times of war.

Dick Cheney, one of the primary architects of the Iraq war, and of the Bush Administration torture policies has just published his long anticipated autobiography–so called.  In it, Mr. Cheney makes no apologies and pitches his torture philosophy all over again.  He did the same in a recent interview at media friendly Fox News Sunday. I find the idea is still antithetical to Christ’s teaching of treating others as we would be treated.

The links in the old post should all work (at least the vast majority of the ones I tested did).  You may have to wait a minute for the link to actually link through to the original source, as it first takes you to the cached web page of the provider first, then takes you to the actual original link.    (more…)

Anti-war Protesters(Update: Ronan also has a good Iraq piece over at BCC as does Dan over at the Good Democrat). Russell Arben Fox, has an excellent post over at Times and Seasons about the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war. For those who visit the Messenger and Advocate; but, don’t venture out much into the rest of the bloggernacle, please do visit and comment on Russell’s post. He beat me to the punch about posting on this anniversary; but, it was something I was going to do here anyway. I do so, if for no other reason to continue to express my unqualified opposition to what I consider to be an ill-conceived, mis-managed, immoral and illegal war of preemption waged in my name by my country, almost universally against the better wisdom and wishes of most other countries (including our own allies) in the world. (more…)

And this time it’s state sponsored. Just days after the the most Christian nation on the face of the earth celebrated the Holy Birth of the Son of the Everlasting God, its leaders turned Saddam Hussein over to his own people for a state sponsored killing. For those who frequent the Messenger and Advocate; but don’t venture much further into the Bloggernacle, I have posted my thoughts on Saddam’s exeuction over at the Bloggernacle Times. Feel free to drop by and share your thoughts if you are so inclined.

Senator Harry Reid

Just over a month after Americans spoke loudly and clearly that they wanted a new strategy in Iraq, if not the withdrawl of American forces from that war torn country, the new democratic majority leader, Senator Harry Reid has abdicated his leadership role by agreeing to a troop increase. (more…)

For my friends who frequent the Messenger and Advocate; but, do not journey further into the Bloggernacle (which by the way you really should) I’ve posted about one of the most tragic stories I have ever read on the Iraq war over at The Bloggernacle Times.

constitution.jpgAs Latter-day Saints, we as a Church believe The United States Constitution to be a Divinely inspired document, established by God Himself, and embodying just and holy principles. The Doctrine and Covenants section 101:77-80 confirms this belief: (more…)

I am ashamed as an American that this war  continues in my (our) name(s).  As an active and believing Latter-day Saint and Christian I am aghast that a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles persists in such an unchristian endeavor.  I condemn the political leaders of both major political parties of this nation for not taking some decisive action to end this madness, this death, this destruction, this misery, this unholy and ungodly war.  I pray daily that God will soften hearts, any hearts to end this travesty.

The BYU Jerusalem Center will resume limited student programs beginning Winter Semester 2007. The BYU Jerusalem page notes:


October 9, 2006

Brigham Young University will resume student programs on a limited basis at its Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem beginning Winter Semester 2007. This program will be limited to current BYU-Provo students who have completed at least two semesters of full-time enrollment at a college or university. All qualified applications received (or postmarked) between October 23 and November 3 will be given equal consideration for the 44 available positions. Future programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with due consideration to the political and security environments in the region. (more…)

For those who stop by here, but don’t frequent other bloggernacle sites, I’ve posted, over at Bloggernacle Times, a piece on the ongoing torture debate in our country–from this Latter-day Saint’s perspective. I hope you will take some time to look it over and let me know what’s missing, or wrong, or whatever. Also, I’d recommend from a political perspective you take a look at a new political blog over at The Good Democrat, where there are several good posts on the torture issue, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and finally here.

Some $2 million and 100 tons in humanitarian aid donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived in Beruit, Lebanon–desperately needed I’m sure.

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